Monday, April 6, 2015

1) 12 Years after Bloody Wamena Tragedy, KontraS Urges Government to Solve Rights Cases

2) Merauke Indigenous Clans to Report Oil Palm Company to Rights Commission over Deforestation
3) KNPB Yahukimo : Five Accused Persons Are Not KNPB members
4) Bylaw being drafted to  designate West Papua a  conservation province 


1) 12 Years after Bloody Wamena Tragedy, KontraS Urges Government to Solve Rights Cases

Jayapura, Jubi – In commemorating the 12 anniversary of the Bloody Wamena Tragedy, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence on Saturday (4/4/2015) urged the government to resolve cases of human rights abuses.
“KontraS is disappointed with impunity on human right violations in the past and the militaristic approach in Papua,” KontraS Jakarta Coordinator Aris Azhar said in a statement received by Jubi.
The Joko Widodo administration has not included Wasior-Wamena cases on the list of severe human right violations that should be resolved in line with his campaign promises.
“It is very disappointing because the National Human Rights Commission had issued a recommendation for a judicial investigation into the cases,” he said.
The Indonesian Government has failed to fulfill its obligation in enforcing the human right violation in Papua. Wamena and Jayawijaya Regency has been the scene of human rights violations.
At least three major incidents occurred within this area that have caused injuries and trauma to its people from generation to generation.
These are the Incident 1977 and the Wamena Incidents on 06 October 2000 and 4 April 2003.
In addition to the Bloody Wamena tragedy, there are several cases of severe human right violations, including Biak Tragedy, 6 July 1998; Abepura Incident, 7 December 2000; Bloody Wasior Tragedy, 13 June 2001; the murder of Theys Hiyo Eluay and disappearance of Aristoteles Masoka, 10 November 2001; Abepura Case, 16 March 2006; the shooting of Opinus Tabuni, 9 August 2008; the shooting of Yawan Yaweni in Serui, 2009; the shooting of Mako Tabuni, 14 June 2012, and the last the shooting of four students in Paniai, 8 December 2014.
Of all the cases, the government only took the Abepura Case to Human Right Trial in Makassar in 2005 where the Judge released the perpetrators without giving the reparations right (compensation, restitution and rehabilitation) to the victims.
And the violence is continuing to be happened in Papua by: (1) the closure of democratic room by the apparatus; (2) the placement of excessive security force and the grow of Military/Police Command Office at every location; and (3) lack of State’s recognition and the release of Papuan political prisoners.
Those mentioned facts are the evidence of violence that occurred in the past and did not solved by the State, which bring impact to repeatedly happened in the future. For that reason, KontraS urged : First, the State Attorney and National Human Right Commission to synergy in enforcing the legal process to immediately follow up the inquiry findings on the Wamena-Wasior case to the investigation stage; second, the President Joko Widodo to immediately implement the Law 21/2001 on Papua Special Autonomy (Article 25 Paragraph 2) about the establishment of Human Right Court and the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation of Papua. The completion of severe human right violation both in the past and recently must be comprehensively completed, which could be reflected by designing the visit of President Widodo become more strategic instead of only promoting the development plan but included the law and human right enforcement; (3) to stop the military approach or security approach to ensure the democratic atmosphere in Papua.  (Dominggus Mampioper/rom)

2) Merauke Indigenous Clans to Report Oil Palm Company to Rights Commission over Deforestation

Merauke, Jubi – About 17 Merauke indigenous clans will report palm oil company PT Dongin Prabawa to the National Human Rights Commission over deforestation related to its oil palm plantation.
Approximately 42,000 hectares of community forest area including sacred places and sago forest have been cleared since 2009, they said.
A Merauke indigenous woman, Elizabeth Ndiwaen-Mahuze, told Jubi on Saturday (4/4/2015) the company has also reneged on its promises to build public housing, and provide cars and scholarships for their children.
She revealed 17 indigenous clans of several villages in Ngguti Sub-district agreed to appoint her representing them to bring some documents and report the deforestation case to the National Human Right Commission. “But I will consult to some NGOs in Jakarta first before meeting with the commission,” she said.
According to her, the deforestation of thousands hectares of community forest is a severe human right violation. “I hope the commissioners will immediately response my report. We want and expect them to come to Merauke and see the condition of community forest that already cleared and planted with the oil palm,” she said.
When asked about compensation claim, she admitted according to the agreement, the company should pay Rp 30 billion for compensation. But they only paid Rp 5 billion in the early year and Rp 1.7 billion in 2014 and they have not paid the rest amount yet meanwhile they still continue their activity and begin harvesting the oil palm and bring it out of plantation area.
She further said the representative of 17 clans has come to the town and directly addressed their demand but had no response from the company. So they decided to report PT Dongin Prabawa to the National Human Right Commission in Jakarta.
“We are the landowner and ask for what they have been exploited from our forest including the sacred places for the sake of oil palm plantation. Frankly, the community have come to meet with the company for several times but they didn’t give a good response,” he said.
On every occasion the Merauke Regent when he met with the community, he always said the government would not too intervene the company related to their investment if community supported it. “I always told the investors to pay attention and protect the community sacred places and sago forest. In addition they also must allocate a special area to the landowners to develop their farming,” the regent said. (Frans L Kobun/rom)


3) KNPB Yahukimo : Five Accused Persons Are Not KNPB members

Jayapura, Jubi – The Yahukimo West Papua National Committee (KNPB) denied that five people who were arrested on 19 March during a police raid were its members.
“We must clarify they are not KNPB members. We knew because we had their identities. They are civilians, not registered as KNBP members or involved as KNPB Yahukimo officials. Therefore we ask the police to stop this lie,” First Chairman of KNPB Yahukimo Marthen Suhuniap told Jubi on Sunday (5/4/2015) by phone.
According to him, those who should be punished and jailed are Mobile Brimob officers and Yahukimo Police officers because they are who actually stirred up.
“The Police must be notice that themselves caused the riot in Yahukimo. Because it’s already clear the fundraising was running very well, smooth and safely. The question is why it was forcedly dispersed in the last day. Because of the Police the dispute was occurred. Thus, the Papua Police Chief, Yahukimo Police Chief and Papua Mobile Brigade Chief are the most responsible for this case,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Yahukimo Regional Council Chairman Aminus Balingga said the Police should be professional. He asked the Police and Mobile Brigade to take more lessons because it was obvious the police who triggered the dispute between the crowd and the police. According to him those who should be accused is the Police.
“We firmly said those who must stand the trial are Yahukimo Police Chief and Papua Mobile Brigade Chief for the act of brutal shooting, chasing as well as robbing conducted by the Police,” he said.
He further said if the Police is now accusing five persons as suspects, when will the house destroyers and robbers as well as the shooters would take to the court for trial.
“The Police and Mobile Brigade must not have law immunity. At that time, the officers have robbed people’s money, destroyed their houses and shot dead a person and injured others. The actors should also be punished,” Balingga said.
Earlier, the Papua Police Spokesperson Patriage Renwarin told a local newspaper in Jayapura that the Police have determined five suspects. They were accused to do vandalism and trigger a dispute between the Police officers and crowd in Yahukimo on 19 March. (Arnold Belau/rom)

4) Bylaw being drafted to  designate West Papua a  conservation province 
he Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Mon, April 06 2015, 2:16 PM - See more at: 
The West Papuan provincial administration is preparing a regional bylaw to designate West Papua a conservation province, an official said Monday.
“The bylaw is being worked out before being submitted to the West Papua Legislative Council for deliberation,” West Papua administration secretary Nataniel Mandacan said as quoted by Antara news agency.
Nathanie said the preparation for the bylaw was made in response to the declaration of West Papua Governor Abraham Atururi to designate West Papua a conservation province to protect forests and other natural resources in the province.
With the planned enactment of the bylaw, there will be legal protection for the province to carry out conservation efforts.
He said there were three international NGOs, namely Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, which have been actively assisting the West Papuan province carry out conservation activities in the region.
The conservation efforts, especially in the regencies of Raja Ampat, Kaimana and Tambraw, have been financed by the three international NGOs through 2017, he said.
“We have to say thank you to the international NGOs, which have sponsored the conservation of existing natural resources in the province,” he added. (hhr)

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